commanteer's past comments

  • 5

    commanteer

    Good. Trump has nothing to gain from this debate, and everything to lose. If he shuts down Bernie, Hillary wins. If Bernie shuts down Trump, Hillary wins.

    Posted in: Trump rules out debate with Sanders

  • -1

    commanteer

    Probably putting all these "leaders" in jail would do more to help the economy than anything else they could do. Of course, doing nothing would be useful as well - but they can't help themselves.

    Posted in: G-7 leaders pledge action on terrorism, refugees, slow growth

  • 0

    commanteer

    After Abe says he will postpone deciding on the tax hike until after the election. He gets help.

    Advisor - That was the wrong thing to say. People take that to mean you plan in hiking taxes but don't want to tell us.

    Abe- Yes, but I was telling the truth.

    Advisor - Telling the truth? Why change tactics? Stay with what works. Tell them you will not raise taxes. Something like "Read my lips. No new taxes." Sound convincing. No tax hikes. Period. Then when you get reelected do what you are told by your masters.

    Posted in: Abe to forgo planned sales tax hike in April 2017: sources

  • 1

    commanteer

    Well, if you ever get caught in a serious crime here, this tells you what to do. Deny, deny, deny. Without a confession the police here seem to have no idea how to build a case.

    Posted in: American man gets 18 months for dumping woman's body in bay

  • 7

    commanteer

    Apples cost me ¥180 each and here they're half that, per pound. Someone has to educate the Japanese people about the gross overpayment they are subjected to

    Has it occurred to you that perhaps it's other countries that are grossly underpaying for their food? Illegal migrant labor in the US and rampant waste of water resources there and in Australia are keeping food artificially cheap - along with industrialized farming that values efficiency and profit over nutrition or even future harvests.

    The day will come when the true cost of farming will come due. Then you will have something to complain about.

    Posted in: TV celebrity advocates 'ethical consumerism' in Japan

  • 1

    commanteer

    Sad. As unpleasant as air travel can be, I relished the one place where I could really disconnect for a day. No phone calls, no emails. Just being. Just me and my crappy meal on my little food tray in economy. It was bliss.

    Posted in: Global demand for in-flight broadband hits new heights

  • 6

    commanteer

    I can see the benefits for her. He is an attractive, and probably fun, established star. If it doesn't work out, she gets both a sack of money and great career exposure.

    Not sure what he was thinking. But all guys can be goofs when it comes to women, even smart guys.

    Posted in: Johnny Depp's wife files for divorce

  • 1

    commanteer

    Been to lots of weddings, and the smaller ones are usually the best. At huge weddings, a good number of the guests care next to nothing about the couple, and often show it. I always wonder why people choose to share such an important moment with people who don't care. So what if they work in the same office?

    Small weddings on the other hand, tend to be filled with sweetness. Every person there is involved in some way, and there is a real family-close friend vibe that lifts everyone.

    It's crazy to spend money, time and effort planning an important family occasion to share with 100 idiots who happen to work for the same company. Keep it simple.

    Posted in: Japanese couples opting for smaller, intimate wedding receptions

  • 2

    commanteer

    Or could it be that seafood is ridiculously expensive in Japan...

    Not that I have noticed. Have you actually compared prices with other developed countries?

    and all this fake Chinese meat that is labeled American, Australian, and even Japanese is just more affordable?

    Do you have evidence of this, or are you just making stuff up? There are a lot of fake origin labels in China, on garlic, clothes and other products, but meat would not be a common one.

    Posted in: Japan’s demand for seafood declines, especially among young generation: report

  • 2

    commanteer

    Weird question. Throughout history some people have done bad things. Is that because people are fundamentally bad?

    Con artists simply prey on those human desires that override common sense - the desire for love, for sex, for more money, and the need to be praised (vanity). There are others, but those are the stand-byes. Nobody is completely immune, even very smart people.

    Posted in: Throughout history, in every time and country, there have always been con artists. Why are they always with us? Is it because because people are fundamentally dishonest or gullible?

  • -1

    commanteer

    Nonsense. A recession (if not depression) is inevitable no matter who wins the election. But I suppose by blaming it on Trump, people can avoid facing the real reasons for that and continue down their more destructive path to Venezuela-land

    Posted in: Win or lose, Trump could cause a recession

  • 2

    commanteer

    Viet Nam and other SE Asian countries already are exporting literally tons and tons of fish-farmed products all over the world

    Oh, the lovely fish farms of Southeast Asia. You get what you pay for. https://youtu.be/IdoVgveiZO0

    Posted in: Japan’s demand for seafood declines, especially among young generation: report

  • 3

    commanteer

    “This incident has occurred precisely because the base is there,”

    And if he had been employed by Yoshinoya instead, would he have said it occurred "precisely because Yoshinoya is there?"

    Murder is despicable. Cynically using someone's murder to gain political points is also despicable.

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  • 3

    commanteer

    This is why we end up with liars winning elections all the time. People are unable or unwilling to discuss the complexities of any important issue. It's all or nothing. No nuclear. No fossil fuels. Why can't we be like Portugal (with 1/13th the population and 1/25th the GDP of Japan)?

    Nobody wants to hear anything but one sentence soundbites parroting what they want to hear. The world's a complex place, but those with simple and pat answers win elections.

    Posted in: No fossil fuels

  • 6

    commanteer

    Far be it from me to stigmatize people's food choices, but I don't get why a vegetarian would want to create an imitation meat-like hamburger. I know people who don't eat fish, but they don't salivate over fish-flavored non-seafood products.

    If someone has a craving for something that is not on their diet, I would say that their diet (unless it's doctor-ordered) probably doesn't suit them.

    Posted in: The healthy burger that may make even carnivores opt for vegetarian

  • 9

    commanteer

    See this in Vancouver as well. Outrageous prices paid by a locally-based Chinese buyer , who returns to China to sell it at a profit to another Chinese, who may then turn around and sell it at more profit to yet another Chinese person.

    Meanwhile these million-dollar houses fall apart on unmaintained lots, creating local eyesores and pricing new home buyers out of the market at the same time.

    Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study

  • 1

    commanteer

    Not a laughing matters. Farmers work hard, take lots of risk, and lots of debt, and often struggle to get by. 1400 from a small farmer could put him out of work.

    This happens elsewhere, but it's sad to see it now happening in Japan.

    Posted in: 1,400 melons stolen from farm in Ibaraki

  • 0

    commanteer

    Crooks, terrorists, tax evaders: Can new shell company rule stop them?

    No. But throwing them out of Washington DC might.

    Posted in: Crooks, terrorists, tax evaders: Can new shell company rule stop them?

  • -1

    commanteer

    Wow, comments here are clearly divided between those who have some minimal knowledge of computers and coding, and those to whom it is just all a kind of magic.

    The kid simply bought a program designed to disrupt computers and aimed it at a server that was set by a teacher who probably knows little about internet security. No special knowledge needed, and any hacker would probably be offended to be in the same company as this kid. It's basic vandalism, nothing clever about it.

    Posted in: Student shuts down 444 school websites to 'remind teachers they are incompetent'

  • 0

    commanteer

    He took her shoes?

    He has a serious shoe fetish. Her first hint that something was not quite right with this guy was his focus on her shoes, where she got them, and how nice they looked. Maybe it was the language barrier, but that conversation alone would have scared off most women.

    Posted in: Japanese tourist returns to Niagara Falls to testify against attacker

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